Ball to start rolling for 3G spectrum auction on Thursday

Finally starting the process to
auction 3G spectrum to potential telecom operators, the
government is likely to issue guidelines giving details about
the number of blocks to be sold and other related information.

DoT may sell 3 blocks of 3G

Spectrum crunch may force the
government to allow only three private operators to offer 3G
services in a circle and said that successful bidders will
have to make 100 percent payment by March 10.

Tata says need level playing 3G field: Report

Ratan Tata, chairman of conglomerate Tata group, has urged the government to allocate spectrum simultaneously to all winners of a forthcoming third-generation wireless auction, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

3G spectrum auction on schedule: Raja

The auction of 3G spectrum is on
track and the empowered group of ministers (eGoM) will take
a decision on the number of slots to be sold, Telecom Minister
A Raja said on Friday.

EGoM meet on 3G spectrum over; FM mum on the issue

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Thursday angrily refused to answer a question from the media about the outcome of a meeting of the Group of Ministers on the third generation (3G) spectrum allocation issue.

EGoM to meet Thursday to review 3G spectrum vacation

An Empowered Group of Ministers will meet on Thursday to review progress on auction of 3G mobile licences, amid sharp differences between the telecom and defence ministries over release of spectrum (airwaves) for commercial use.

Stalemate on 3G spectrum: FM meets Raja, Antony

The auction of 3G (third
generation) licences could be delayed, as the Defence Ministry
is firm that it does not have any idle spectrum to vacate as
being claimed by the Department of Telecom.

FM asks MoC, MoD to resolve difference over 3G spectrum

Amid differences between the Defence and Telecom ministries over release of spectrum, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said a decision would be taken according to the existing agreement between the two.

Govt to hold auction of 3G spectrum in January

The government will hold the auction of 3G spectrum during January 7-10 next year and is likely to give out soon details of time schedule and eligibility criteria of prospective bidders.

FM to intervene in DoT-Defence spat over 3G spectrum release

In the face of allegations by
Telecom Minister A Raja that the Defence Ministry was delaying
auction for 3G spectrum, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee exuded confidence of resolving the issue to start the
process in 2009.

Govt to hold 3G spectrum auction on Dec 7

The government will hold the much-awaited 3G spectrum auction for GSM operators on December 7 and invite bids from October 26 to November 13.

Cabinet Secy calls meeting with DoT, Defence on spectrum release

With the government firm on auctioning 3G spectrum before this year end, Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar has called a meeting on Sept 11 with DoT and Defence Ministry secretaries to expedite release of radio waves for sale.

Rs 3500 cr 3G spectrum base price too high, say operators

Mobile operators on Thursday expressed
disappointment at the fixation of Rs 3,500 crore as base price
for 3G spectrum, saying it will discourage players from
participating in the auction.

GoM fixes reserve price of 3G spectrum

A high-powered GoM on Thursday fixed Rs 3,500 crore as reserve price for pan-India 3G spectrum.

First EGoM on 3G spectrum gets deferred

The first meeting of the EGoM constituted to take a decision on the pricing of spectrum for third-generation telecom services has got postponed, making the wait for 3G services in the country even longer.

First meet of GoM on 3G spectrum on July 31

The govt has said the group of ministers formed to decide on the base price for 3G spectrum will have its first meeting on July 31.

3G spectrum auction may happen next year

After raising the hopes of both subscribers as well as telecom companies, the government is understood to be in no special hurry for auctioning spectrum for 3G mobile services this calendar year.